Yukon Territory

Nahanni Range Road, Tungsten NWT to Yukon (part 2)

13 September 2007

Our first morning with frost on the truck!  It was chilly, but the clear blue skies embellished the cold!  We felt invigorated waking up on the edge of nowhere!

Ragged Mountains - Cantung
Morning view of the Ragged Mountains

After breakfast we headed out the same route we were on yesterday - one way in, one way out.

Nahanni Range Road in NWT

There are no concrete barriers along the road and no buffers along steep cliffs either...

Nahanni Range Road in the Northwest Territories

Many of these pictures were taken from inside the truck while it moved; obviously we weren't moving too fast! We weren't doing anything near the posted speed limit of 70 km/h.

Speed limit on the Nahanni Range Road in NWT
Speed limit sign - 70 kilometres per hour

The view approaching the valley ...

Nahanni Range Road scene

The valley presents many stunning vistas.  The colours in the fall are fantastic!
This view looks down the valley towards the Logan Mountains (Selwyn Mountains).

Valley along the Nahanni Range Road in Yukon

Every so often we stopped to take pictures and breathe the fresh air.

Nahanni Range Road in Yukon with Truck and Fifth wheel

The Little Hyland River traveled along the road's edge through this valley ...

Little Hyland River and Nahanni Range Road in Yukon

Such good fortune to have these clear blue and bright skies!

Nahanni Range Road and Little Hyland River in Yukon

Fall colours on the Nahanni Range Road in Yukon

Lake alongside the Nahanni Range Road in Yukon

It appeared this creek had flooded in the spring and washed away the original bridge... this was a recent repair.

Bailey Bridge along the Nahanni Range Road in Yukon

Some lakes had amazing colours.  As well, the fall colours contributed to amazing scenery ...

Lake beside the Nahanni Range Road in Yukon

Hyland River and Nahanni Range Road in Yukon
View of Hyland River north side of the Hyland River bridge

The Hyland River bridge was one of the few "modern" bridges we encountered. 
It felt odd to be on concrete and smooth road surface!

Bridge over the Hyland River on the Nahanni Range Road in Yukon
Hyland River bridge

We weren't in any hurry so certainly weren't pushing the speed limit. 
It was great to meander in this wilderness.

Fall colours on the Nahanni Range Road in Yukon
Westbound a few miles east of the Nahanni Range Yukon gov't campground

We stopped for late lunch at the campground, then decided to carry on. We kept our eyes open for a spot to camp for the night.  Our first choice was occupied so we carried on.  Eventually saw a narrow dirt "path" leading to a spot alongside Dolly Varden Creek.

Steve backed the truck in. Later, when I looked at our tire marks over the dirt "path" the tires on the left side of the trailer were not completely on solid ground during the crossing!

Campside beside Dolly Varden Creek, Nahanni Range Road
Camp spot alongside Dolly Varden Creek

Jake, our dog, wasn't impressed with this spot. He was a great Bear Warning Device (BWD) and also an excellent Bear Protection Unit (BPU), which I appreciated many times when he did his job.

Camping in Yukon
Jake, the big red dog, prepares for guard duty

Fishing in Dolly Varden Creek, Nahanni Range Road, Yukon
Steve trying some fishing in Dolly Varden Creek

We settled in for a quiet night, disturbed only by an occasional transport truck headed into or out from the Cantung mine.

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